We are pleased to announce that the winners of the Eleventh annual AppleVis Golden Apple Awards are Envision AI and Evidence 111.
Since their launch in 2012, the AppleVis Golden Apple Awards have afforded blind and low vision users of Apple products an opportunity to recognize and acknowledge the hard work and dedication which developers have put into making and maintaining great and accessible applications over the given year. The respective teams behind Envision AI and Evidence 111 are demonstrably worthy recipients of this honour in 2022 for their commitment to accessible app development.
Envision AI empowers people who are blind or have low vision by providing access to everyday visual information. Utilising the iPhone camera, the app can speak out written information, describe surroundings and objects, and even tell you who's nearby. It became completely free with the release of version 3.0 in July 2022.
Launched in November of this year, Evidence 111 is an immersive audio thriller with high production standards. It's September 13, 1985 in a small English town. Just like every Friday, Chief inspector Alice Wells is on duty. An ordinary night shift is suddenly interrupted by a mysterious phone call – an anonymous caller knows something about the chief inspector that nobody was supposed to find out. The app asks what will you do in this situation. What strategy will you use to uncover the secret hidden in the Evidence file No. 111?
Below is more information on each of the winners from their App Store pages:
Best App: Envision AI
Envision is the fastest, most reliable and award-winning OCR app that speaks out the visual world, helping blind and visually impaired users to lead more independent lives.
Simply use your phone camera to scan any piece of text, your surroundings, objects, people or products and everything will be read out to you thanks to Envision’s smart artificial intelligence (AI) and Optical Character Recognition (OCR).
With full VoiceOver support, Envision enables you to:
- Instantly read any piece of text in over 60 different languages.
- Easily scan your paper documents (single or multiple pages) with the help of audio-guided edge detection. All content is spoken back to you and is ready for export and edit.
- Import PDFs and images to get a description of the image and recognition of all the text within it.
- Quickly read handwritten postcards, letters, lists and other paperwork.
- Effortlessly describe visual scenes around you.
- Detect colour on your clothes, walls, books, you name it.
- Swiftly scan barcodes to get extensive information about the products.
- Find people around you; the names of your family and friends are spoken out whenever they are in the frame.
- Find objects around you; selecting common objects from the in-app list to find them.
- Share images or documents from your phone or other apps like Twitter or WhatsApp by selecting Envision from the share sheet. Envision can then read and describe those images for you.
Best Game: Evidence 111
September 13, 1985, a small town of Farnham, England. Just like every Friday, Chief inspector Alice Wells is on duty. An ordinary night shift is suddenly interrupted by a mysterious phone call - an anonymous caller knows something about the chief inspector that none was supposed to find out.
What will you do in this situation? Will you choose to be kind, curious, courageous or relentless? How the story of chief inspector Alice Wells plays out is solely in your hands!
- What is the secret of the long-forgotten file containing Evidence No 111? Decide on the progression and outcome of the detective story!
- Indulge yourselves in outstanding voice acting performances and experience Alice’s story in immersive 3D audio.
- Intuitive controls utilizing swipe gestures.
- Optimized for visually-impaired audience.
- Branching decision-based story.
- Up to 10 alternate endings.
The 2022 AppleVis Golden Apple Awards consisted of awards for Best App and Best Game. Voting was held between December 5 and December 10, 2022. Voting was open to all blind and low vision members of the AppleVis community who were not employed by any of the developers whose apps were shortlisted.
To be nominated for this year's Golden Apple Awards, apps must:
- Be fully accessible to blind and low vision users;
- Have been launched or significantly updated during 2022;
- Be from a developer with a demonstrable commitment to accessibility; and
- Be best-in-class in terms of design, functionality, and operation.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude to all the developers who were shortlisted for an award. Without exception, all of the shortlisted apps and games were worthy nominees - as demonstrated by the significant number of votes each received. All of the developers showed a strong commitment to improving the lives of blind and low vision users in 2022, and our appreciation for their efforts cannot be overstated.